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Mr. P surprises me!

(title rhymes – woo!)

Happy Friday! I am going in to work to see one patient real quick and then my family is coming in from Chicago! They haven’t seen our new house yet…and it’s Labor Day weekend! And  I love them a little bit, too 😉

After my 3 HOUR pampering session at the salon yesterday (I’ve never received a complimentary hand massage while my dye sets, but I sure did love it!), Mr. Prevention was blowing up my phone.

“I’m hungry, where are you?”

Not I miss you. Not how was your day. I’m hungry.

As I drove home I thought, “Tonight’s dinner menu is not going to go over well.”

I walk in the door.

“Will you make buffalo chicken dip for dinner?”

After I explained to Mr. Prevention that buffalo chicken dip is NOT a dinner and that, no, I would not make it, he conceded. Buffalo chicken dip will have to wait for the Illini game this weekend, I broke it to him. And when he asked what WAS for dinner, there was an audible sigh of discontent.

After a quick eye roll in his direction, I continued making dinner. A mere 20 minutes later, voilá!

And guess who loved it? Yup. There’s hardly leftovers. Now if I’d have told him sour cream was in the sauce, he wouldn’t have touched it. But leaving out that minor detail, he saturated his kebabs in the stuff.

Chicken Kebabs with Creamy Pesto from Cooking Light

2 tsp grated lemon rind
4 tsp fresh lemon juice, divided
tsp minced garlic
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
8 (or more) cherry tomatoes
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1″ pieces
1 small red onion, cut into wedges
Cooking spray
2 Tbsp plain low-fat yogurt
2 Tbsp reduced-fat sour cream
1 Tbsp commercial pesto


Preheat broiler (500° F).

Combine rind, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and oil. Toss with bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken, and onion. Thread vegetables and chicken onto 4 skewers. Place skewers on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 12 minutes or until chicken is done, turning occasionally.

Combine 1 teaspoon lemon juice, yogurt, sour cream, and pesto. Serve sauce with kebabs. Serves 4.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 211 calories; 7.3 g. fat (2.1 g. saturated, 3 g. monounsaturated, 0.7 g. polyunsaturated); 70 mg. cholesterol; 441 mg. sodium; 7 g. carbohydrate; 1.2 g. fiber; 27.9 g. protein

Result: Like I said, Mr. P shocked us both and gobbled these kebabs right up. I loved them, as well. Quick, easy, delicious, and…of course, healthy. They could easily be cooked on the grill, as well.

Question: What’s your favorite color bell pepper?

Yellow, please!

Happy Labor Day weekend & start to college football!

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  1. September 3, 2010 / 6:42 am

    I don’t really like ANY bell peppers, but I kinda like red or orange when they are roasted.

  2. September 3, 2010 / 7:14 am

    I really like orange. I love most of them- except red, which I’ll eat, but I’m picky about how it’s used.

    Ummm…. have fun with college football weekend starting off! We’re both going to be watching that game tomorrow- what is with the 11:30 start?!?! Geez!

  3. September 3, 2010 / 7:29 am

    Yum– these look awesome!! And much better than DIP for dinner, ha!

    I love red bell peppers…to me, they’re the sweetest!

  4. September 3, 2010 / 7:52 am

    I like red, orange or yellow better than green. I’ll eat green peppers but they’re not my favorite.

  5. September 3, 2010 / 8:09 am

    Men and their appetites I tell ya!! lol ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. September 3, 2010 / 8:41 am

    Success!!! How could anyone NOT like these?! Yum! I’ve never tried kabobs in the oven, and not with a grill. Perhaps I should. I actually bought skewers to use this summer but since we never ended up buying a grill, I still have them unused. Looks like I will have to use them soon.

    Enjoy the weekend with your family!

  7. September 3, 2010 / 8:44 am

    Kababs looks mouthwatering, i love all the 3 colour bellpeppers….

  8. September 3, 2010 / 8:51 am

    I really like roasted red bell peppers, otherwise, not a big fan unless there are chopped and diced into a million pieces.
    I’m going to the Illini/Mizzou Game this weekend! Go ILLINI!
    PS: my boyfriend loves that buffalo dip….boys and there buffalo stuff!

  9. September 3, 2010 / 8:59 am

    Only Red, Yellow and Orange Peppers please. I HATE green ones!

  10. September 3, 2010 / 9:13 am

    Oh men. I thought from your title that you would come home and he would have dinner all ready for you. But that’s something a girl would do. Ha ha.

    Enjoy the holiday with your family!!

  11. September 3, 2010 / 9:18 am

    I love the orange peppers. Orange is generally my favorite color ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. September 3, 2010 / 9:23 am

    Red!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. September 3, 2010 / 12:09 pm

    I love red, orange, and yellow – just no green ones!

  14. September 3, 2010 / 1:35 pm

    Im not a big pepper fan. I like the flavor of them, so if they’re in something I will still eat it, I just pick them out. But I wont eat them. Im not sure why. Its very strange. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. September 3, 2010 / 2:22 pm

    Yum! I love kabobs! I like any pepper other than green. The greens just aren’t sweet enough for me. I also prefer peppers cooked rather than raw.

  16. September 3, 2010 / 4:07 pm

    Hooray for your Oak Park family coming your way! Hope you have tons of fun, and for what its worth, tell your hubby that I think buffalo chicken dip qualifies for a dinner ๐Ÿ˜€

    Enjoy your long weekend!

  17. September 3, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    I agree with Mr. P that buffalo chicken dip can be a dinner, haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I also agree with you that those kebobs sound like an even better dinner!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love red bell peppers the best. Have a great weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Leslie
    September 3, 2010 / 9:01 pm

    Sometimes husbands are just like kids.

  19. September 3, 2010 / 9:13 pm

    Those kebabs look so pretty. I would do mine with fish. I like red peppers best. Have a great weekend with your family.

  20. September 4, 2010 / 2:26 am

    Haha, you are a great wife, Nicole. I would have made a snarky remark and made my hubby eat fish sticks because that’s what kids eat. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Will “love” you soon!

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